Wednesday, 23 April 2014

10 things only Cat Owners will understand

As of 2013, apparently 19% of UK households had a cat, so it’s fair to say that there’s a pretty strong community of feline friendly people out there. Any one of those households will tell you that there are some things that they just ‘get’ that people without cats never will. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most common (and hilarious) ones. 



1. Wondering what the emergency is when they suddenly run to another room
It’s so intense that you almost wish you were part of the secret so that you had at least some idea what was going on. 

2. Not being able to use the laptop in peace as that’s their favourite place to sit
Regardless of how important that essay is that you have to submit within 20 minutes, there’s no place comfier for your cat than your keyboard. (No, we don’t understand either...)

3. Putting the kettle or having a nap whilst they decide if they want to go in or out
Standing by the door whilst they make their mind up even though you’re getting pneumonia, whilst they sit half in and half out. 

4. Not being able to go to the toilet or have a bath without being watched
They’re worse than having kids for this as at least kids have a basic grasp of English, so you have to make do with letting go of your privacy (and dignity) forever. 

5. The feeling of finding your cat nestled in the pile of laundry you just washed
At first you thought they might have sore joints so you thought you’d treat them with seraquin from Vet Medic. Now, however, you just think they’re being cheeky. 

6. Everything in your home being a cat toy or a threat
You can guarantee that they’ll have the strongest opinions on all of your belongings; they’ll either love it and count it as theirs, or they’ll hate it and constantly try to destroy it. 

7. Walking in on your cat stuck in bowls/boxes/vases at least 10 times a day
It was funny at first, but fishing them out of boxes for them to just jump back into 5 minutes later gets old very quickly. 

8. Not being able to get up/down the stairs as it’s their new favourite place to nap
You’re convinced that they’ll jump up if you dare walk past them on the stairs, so you make do with just one level of your house for the rest of the day. 

9. Talking to them and pretending they understand
Responding to their ‘meows’ with lots of ‘I know, I know’ and hoping that no one can hear you. 

10. Being unable to have both a cat and house plants
No matter how much effort you make with your home, you can guarantee they’ll try to destroy the nicest things. The main victim; the house plants. I'm not sure what it is about them that cats hate so much, but they will get demolished. 

What does your cat do that makes you laugh?

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

#LetsGrowWild

Summer wildflower meadow of Papaver - Poppies, Leucanthemum - Ox-Eye Daisies and Chrysanthemum segetum - Corn Marigolds and Centaurea cyanus - Cornflowers
Photo © Jan Smith – GAP Photos

Grow Wild is an exciting four-year campaign to bring people together to sow UK native wild flowers. There mission is to transform where we live – bringing colour and surprise to our streets. By growing wild, we can turn our gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches. Grow Wild is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – and everyone is invited!
In the UK we’re lucky to have some amazing wild flowers, but we’re in danger of losing them as their natural habitats are being lost. Imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have them – less colour in our lives and less food for birds, butterflies and bees. The good thing is that we can do something about it!
Take a look at the below video for more information and find out how you can get involved! #LetsGrowWild

Find out more about Grow Wild via their Facebook page: here



A Break From the Chaos! Our overnight stay at Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa


A house move, a teething baby, a first birthday party, the end of maternity leave. Life can be chaotic sometimes most of the time, so a chance to escape and spend the day reflecting rather than doing is always a welcome break. And last week we did just that.

After a two hour journey to the beautiful New Forest we arrived at the gorgeous Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa. Not only excited for a night away together, it was also our very first spa experience!

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BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS AND FRIENDLY STAFF
The journey flew by and on arrival we were pleased to be met by the gorgeous looking building that was Careys Manor surrounded by the most beautiful spring flowers. 

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The staff were friendly and showed us promptly to the spa area so that we could get straight into relaxing. The ladies working in the spa were even friendlier and we were given a thorough tour of the facilities after filling in a quick health questionnaire and after being served a welcome drink. 

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A TRUE TASTE OF THAILAND
I'd heard that this particular spa was award winning and after our tour I could see why - the spa had a lot to offer! Asides from offering a true taste of Thailand through means of Thai pyjamas to wear around the spa (as well as a robe and pool shoes), there were traditional Thai treatments and a Thai restaurant which served the most wonderful food. And then there were all the little touches around the place such as Thai-inspired ornaments and water features that just added to the Thai experience. 

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There was a large hydrotherapy pool, an ozone swimming pool, a herbal sauna, a crystal steam room, a laconicum, a tepidarium, amazing experience showers and health showers and even relaxation areas where you could get complimentary refreshments. The SenSpa offered it all. 

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TREATMENTS
We'd booked ourselves in for a anti-stress Thai back and neck massage and it was absolutely wonderful. I could have stayed in the treatment room all day. We were in a couples room and it was Adams first ever massage, he'd always stayed away from them through fear they 'just weren't his thing' but as soon as our massages were up, he questioned aloud how he'd ever managed before without them. The two ladies that gave us our massages were so lovely and totally professional, it was such a lovely experience. 

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Above 3 photos credit: http://www.careysmanor.com
FOOD & DRINK
As Adam and I are vegetarian, I can only speak from a vegetarians point of view. And us veggies are at Careys Manor and Senspa totally catered for! There are so many options at both lunch and dinner. We ate in The Zen Garden for lunch and had an absolutely lovely Thai meal and for dinner and breakfast we ate in The Manor Restaurant, where I found the prices were perhaps a bit high (though this was to be expected in a spa and manor hotel like we were in) but that as a vegetarian we were well catered for. 

The staff at dinner were super-friendly yet again. Our waiter Fernando was really professional with a good sense of humour and all the tables were brought a little something to keep us going whilst dinner cooked, this was with compliments from the chef. Everyone was also kindly provided with different types of breads as we waited for our dinners to cook - this was a lovely touch. 

THE ZEN GARDEN
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 THE MANOR RESTAURANT
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THE ROOM
Our room was gorgeous - really clean and spacious, as was the bathroom. We had a lovely nights sleep and the room came complete with complimentary champagne and chocolate - bonus!

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We really really enjoyed our stay at Careys Manor & Senspa. We left feeling totally relaxed and refreshed, it was a lovely break for us as a couple too. Thank you to Careys Manor & Senspa for the wonderful stay and a big thank you to Ethans Grandma, Grandpop and Auntie for taking care of Ethan whilst we took time to reset.

Find out more about this beautiful hotel and spa at www.careysmanor.com or on Facebook here.

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*Our stay and spa experience was provided to us free of charge for the purpose of review. All views are our own. 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Getting into the 'Spring' of things featuring Bonnie Baby


Just how beautiful and seasonal is this adorable spring outfit from luxury British Designed clothes online retailer, Bonnie Baby? They kindly sent it to us a few weeks back for our review consideration and I've been loving dressing Ethan in it!


They sell so many lovely pieces, including adorable bunny prints which are perfect for this time of year.  Take a closer look here.


One of the best things about this outfit, other than the visual side, is how comfortable it feels. Comfort is the most important factor to me when I choose my own clothes, so I follow this when dressing Ethan too. The polo shirt is 100% fine weight cotton and feels so luxurious to touch. It's super soft, as are the grey leggings which are also made from super soft light weight cotton. The items wash extremely well and have kept their softness - so we're very pleased! 


The polo top shirt can be found here and the leggings are found here


If you are currently looking to refresh your baby's wardrobe for Spring/Summer I'd definitely recommend Bonnie baby for comfort and style. They've kindly offered the readers of my blog a 15% discount code which is BUMP20 (the code can only be used on SS14 and full priced items).



Keep up to date with Bonnie Baby for news, offers and more via their twitter page @bonniebaby_UK.

What do you think to Ethans spring outfit? We're really impressed!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

House Tour: Ethans Bedroom / Nursery

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The house is starting to finally come together and so I am slowly going to be doing a house tour on my blog, with a post for each room. 

We've based the decor for Ethans bedroom on his old room in our previous house because we loved it so much. So it's not much different but I wanted to show you anyway, so you could see how we made the space work, as the room is smaller. We've added a new wardrobe in which matches his original chest of drawers.

I've tried to list where things are from below, but if you have any questions just ask and I'll try and remember where things are from :)

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WALL PAINT & CARPET
Crown Fashion for Walls - Refined
The carpet is from SCS

RUG
The rug is new and is from myrugstore.co.uk. We're really pleased with it as it just adds a splash of colour that still fits really well into our neutral theme. The company it's from is a family run online business who've recently introduced a new collection of children’s rugs.  The designs are unique to them and are not available anywhere else in the UK. They also have a fantastic sale on at the moment: http://www.myrugstore.co.uk/kids-rugs so worth having a look if you're after a new rug for your childs bedroom.

CURTAINS
The curtains were from Next a year or so ago and have followed us from our old house. We didn't think they'd fit as Ethans window is absolutely huge but they are perfectly sized for it. 

COT
Babies R Us

WARDROBE & CHEST OF DRAWERS
Drawers - IKEA Hemnes grey-brown. 
Wardrobe - PAX with white frame and grey-brown hemnes doors.

3 PHOTO FRAMES
The frames are from IKEA and the inserts are printed off of the Internet for a more personal touch.

DRAGON DRAWING IN FRAME
This was Adams GCSE art picture so it's just another personal touch.

WHITE NAPPY BASKET
This was from TK MAXX a while ago now.

CHANGING MAT
Mothercare Loved so Much range

BOOK SHELVES 
IKEA

BIG BEAR 
This was a gift from Ethans Auntie (my sister-in-law) for his first birthday, it's gorgeous and super-soft!

COT MOBILE
The cot mobile is from Little Bird Told Me

ARMCHAIR AND CUSHION
These are both IKEA again. I love the cushion!

CLOCK
Babies R US

FOOT STOOL
IKEA

PERSONALISED DINOSAUR TOY
My 1st Years

KEEPSAKE BOX 
Next

MONEY BOXES
Tiny tatty teddy box - online
ABC baby box - a gift 
Castle box - we picked this up in the Lake District

NIGHTLIGHT 
Lindam

ETHAN FRAME
Made by my Auntie who runs a business making picture boxes.

SWEET DREAMS BUNTING 
Next - last year

We've just got a few more things to do now in his room. We need to put some safety locks on the drawers (we'll be using Lindam for this, as we're huge fans of their products.) We also need to put his curtain hooks on and a new door. But apart from that we're pretty much there. 

What do you think to Ethans bedroom? 
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